Remove all the Russian Olive trees (invasive plant species) and to create a conducive environment to promote native bird habitat through the planting of trees and shrubs.
May 3-5, 2019
UMOWA was approached by Susie Maclin, the owner of a property along the river downstream from the mouth of the Dearborn river. Maclin’s stated goal was twofold: first to remove all Russian Olive trees (invasive plant species) and second to create a conducive environment to promote native bird habitat. UMOWA partnered with the landowner, Montana Audubon (Larry Berrin), the Prickly Pear District Boy Scouts of America troops 207 and 217, Gardenwerks Landscape, and many volunteers to first remove the Russian Olives and then plant over seventy trees, shrubs and plants along 750 feet of riverbank.
All the planted vegetation was protected by construction of wire enclosures around them and an ongoing process of watering and weeding is now taking place. The scouts used this project as an overnight camping experience that included parents and scout leaders. As an innovation, UMOWA organized and conducted sessions for the scouts designed for learning that accrued to them earning merit badges in the following categories: environmental resources, birding, and fly fishing.